January Sign Up for Counties to Evaluate Animal Confinement Sites
Posted: 12/15/2011

Counties interested in evaluating proposed locations of confinement facilities that need a construction permit must sign up by Jan. 31, 2012.

Counties that would like to participate must adopt and file a construction evaluation resolution before the board of supervisors submits the resolution to the DNR between Jan. 1 and 31.

“This is an opportunity for counties to provide input to producers on site selection, and the type of structures and facility management being proposed,” said Gene Tinker, coordinator of the DNR animal feeding section. “County supervisors can review and comment on the master matrix that producers submit.”

Producers in counties that file the resolutions must meet higher standards than other permitted sites. They must earn points on the master matrix by choosing a site and using practices that reduce impacts on the environment and the community.

Counties that participate in the master matrix process may send staff to accompany the DNR on site visits to proposed locations. The county board of supervisors may also appeal the DNR’s preliminary approval of a permit to the Environmental Protection Commission.

Approximately 86 counties have filed resolutions each year since the master matrix went into effect in 2003.

Counties that have adopted a resolution should mail it to Jerah Sheets at the DNR, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319 or fax it to 515-281-6794. Sign-ups occur annually during the month of January for the upcoming February through January. 

Most confinement feeding operations that need to apply for a construction permit are subject to the matrix. For more information on which operations are affected, check the DNR website under animal feeding operations at www.iowadnr.gov/afo. Look under Confinements - Construction Requirements – Permitted - Master Matrix.

Additional information for counties is available on the Iowa State Association of Counties website at www.iowacounties.org under master matrix – construction evaluation.

At the DNR, contact Jerah Sheets at 515-313-8909 or Jerah.Sheets@dnr.iowa.gov.